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Realtek vs. Microsoft HD Audio driver, using headphones

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I use a fairly decent pair of Sennheiser headphones while gaming. Since this is just a 2-channel (left & right) setup, I'm wondering if I'd be better off just using the basic Microsoft HD audio driver included with Win7. This would result in several benefits including: 1) not having to update the Realtek audio driver all the time. 2) Windows update will take care of the Microsoft driver updates. 3) potential better compatibility and less problems. I've heard that audio drivers are one of the major factors for Windows problems in general.

Since I don't need 7.1 support for headphones, I see no reason to use the Realtek driver.

Can anyone think of any cons to this scenario? I don't use this PC for music listening, it's for gaming only.
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id say no difference. they work so roll with it? lol
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Bump! Anyone else?
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As Realtek wrote the Win 7 drivers for their audio chips.
Any download from Microsoft would be slightly older (Microsoft certified?) version of the Realtek drivers.
I always download the latest Realtek drivers from the Realtek website.
But you do not have to use the Realtek control panel.
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